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Auto Electrical Repair & Maintenance

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Comprehensive Auto Electrical Repair and Maintenance Services

Have a dead battery? Misfiring starter or alternator? For all of your auto electric repair and maintenance needs, come to Protrans Automotive & Transmission Specialists in Riverside, CA 92507. We service your vehicle with care, providing a high level of workmanship you can trust.



Our auto electrical repair and maintenance services include:

Alternators
An alternator is a crucial automotive component responsible for converting mechanical energy into electric energy (alternating current). It plays a pivotal role in your vehicle's engine, and any malfunction can result in your car's breakdown. If you encounter issues with your car's alternator, it is imperative to seek expert assistance.

Batteries
The battery is the powerhouse that supplies electrical energy to vital automotive systems such as the ignition system, starter motor, and lights. If you find yourself needing a jump-start to kickstart your vehicle in the morning, it may be a sign that your battery is deteriorating. Depending on the extent of damage, a failing battery can either be repaired or replaced. If you are experiencing battery-related issues, do not hesitate to contact us in Riverside, CA. We offer convenient battery testing and replacement services, designed to swiftly get you back on the road. From battery replacement and charging to installation, testing, and recycling, we cover it all.

Starters
The starter serves as the motor, whether electric, hydraulic, or pneumatic, responsible for initiating the operation of your internal combustion engine. Starters are vital components within your car's engine, and any malfunction can lead to your vehicle's failure to start. In the event of starter problems, it is crucial to seek professional assistance. Our team of experts is well-equipped to handle all your starter-related needs efficiently, ensuring you can resume your journey promptly. Visit Protrans Automotive & Transmission Specialists today for expert starter services.


Battery FAQs

What are mistakes made when jumping a car?

Mixing up negative and positive cables is the most common mistake. When you mix up the negative and positive cable it ruins your car's alternator. Just remember black to negative and red to positive. Other common mistakes are using cheap cables that don't conduct properly, letting the cables swing and become detached, touching the clips together, and ignoring cracks in your battery or dirty battery terminals.


What should I be careful of when changing a car battery?

It may sound obvious but be sure that you do not drop the battery. Be careful not to let the tools touch both the negative and positive terminals simultaneously, as it could create a spark, cause the battery to short out, or even damage the vehicle's electrical components.

Make sure to separate the cables to the side so that they don't touch the battery until it is in place. Attach the negative cable first and then the positive cable. If have any doubts while you are trying to change your battery you should always call in an expert.


How do I replace my car battery without losing car memory?

Use a car memory saver or other secondary power source. If you don't own a car memory saver, come to Protrans Automotive & Transmission Specialists and we can do this process for you. First, make sure to turn off your car before you unplug the battery. Next, plug the car memory saver into the cigarette lighter or the OBD2 connector. Remove the old battery and install the new battery and attach the connectors. Finally, unplug the memory saver from the car.


Why is my engine stalling after replacing my car battery?

If your car lost battery power completely then your car's computer system may have lost valuable information to regulate engine performance causing it to stall even after you replace the battery.

However, the car's system will quickly collect new data and engine performance should return to normal. In some case you may need to have the throttle body, or your idle air control valve cleaned out as carbon deposits can build up inside these parts, pushing them beyond the computer's ability to regulate engine performance.


Car Starting FAQs


How do I unlock my steering wheel?

Place your foot on the brake and turn the wheel in the direction in which it has a little range of motion. This should ease the tension in the steering column and allow you to turn the key. Turning the key unlocks the steering wheel. Do not try to unlock your steering wheel without a key or if the battery is dead. This should only be done by a professional auto repair technician.


How do I change my keyless entry remote battery?
This should work for most remotes:
  1. Remove the metal blade key from the remote.
  2. Use a standard (flat head) screwdriver to gently pry open the fob
  3. Remove the battery. It is usually a small round lithium watch battery.
  4. Insert a new battery
  5. Snap the key fob back together
  6. Insert the metal blade key into the fob.

What does a dead starter sound like?

Clicking noises upon turning the key are a classic sign of starter failure. However, this isn't the only clue. A dying starter might remain completely silent or offer subtle warnings through whirring or grinding sounds before finally giving up the ghost.


Why won't my car start?

The most common reason why a car will not start is a bad or dead battery. However, there are several other possibilities too. If you are having trouble getting your vehicle started, give Protrans Automotive & Transmission Specialists a call at 951-367-7400. Our auto repair professionals will try to help you diagnose the issue, which could be one of these problems:

  • Failing alternator
  • Starter motor
  • Ignition switch malfunction
  • Bad spark plugs
  • Cracked distributor cap
  • Broken timing belt

Headlight FAQs


What are the 3 situations where headlights are required?

First, you should make sure both of your headlights are in good working order before driving your car. Headlights must be in use from sunset to sunrise.

Secondly, headlights are also necessary when you cannot see more than 400 feet in front of you. You should also use your car's headlights whenever windshield wipers are in use.

Thirdly, some studies have shown that when drivers elect to always drive with their headlights on it can reduce automobile accidents.


Do parking lights and turn signals use the same bulb?

Yes, your car uses the same bulb for the front turn signal and parking lights. Side bulbs are located on the inside of the wheel wells. All lights on your car will eventually burn out and need to be replaced.


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what our customers say

Our brakes failed on us two months after taking it to Ford for a brake repair and we refused to take it back there after. Protrans Automotive took our car with no appointment and called us regularly for updates. The mechanics fixed up our brakes in a very efficient manner with very reasonable prices for the work done. Will definitely be coming back here again for future repairs! Bravo
M
, 07/11/2024

Great service with a quick turn around time and no hassle during any part of the process
A
, 07/05/2024

Protrans much cheaper than initial quote. Brought in my ford focus to replace Radiator. And a free ride home. Micheal, did not sell me for anything I didn't need, awesome n friendly guy. Definitely will return for future mechanic needs.
R
, 06/19/2024

These folks are awesome!!! I brought my prized, restored classic Mustang in for a new starter and flywheel replacement, which at first was a bit of a challenge because it's difficult to find mechanics willing and, moreover, knowledgeable of these older cars. They did not hesitate to accept the challenge and went ahead and did the repair. Unfortunately, five months later, both the flywheel and starter failed just a mile from the shop. Since the car was still operational (after a push start), I brought it by and was immediately met with assurance that the entire job, parts and labor, were covered under their warranty for a year, and in my case, being a AAA member, for two years. The gal at the front counter (Luz), who is super nice, said they would get it in the shop right away and see what had happened. A couple of days later, I met with Michael (the owner), who calmly reassured me that they always stand behind their work and would get the repair done, no matter what. In the end, they identified a couple of possible issues that may have caused the failure, and to make sure that it didn't happen again, they put together a higher-quality setup with better parts, and now the car operates better than ever. I highly recommend calling them first!
G
, 06/07/2024

Luz and the mechanics are amazing and very informative. I took my car in and the mechanism knew exactly what was wrong with my car.
J
, 05/31/2024

The prices were reasonable. And the staff were friendly.
V
, 05/30/2024

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